Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

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AFL-CIO Organizing Institute coming to Kent-Ionia Labor Center in July

GRAND RAPIDS May 10, 2016– The AFL-CIO’s Organizing Institute (OI) will be rolling into west Michigan this summer– and if you’re looking to learn the ins and outs of union organizing, or to learn how to effectively run an internal organizing campaign at your local, this training is for you.


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The Kent-Ionia Labor Council has partnered with the AFL-CIO to host the three-day organizer training workshop, which will run from July 21-23. The training is open to any west Michigan labor activists, with priority being given to members of KICLC-affiliated unions. Space is limited, so interested parties are encouraged to apply early.

The cost of the three-day training is $125 (a $25 reduction in cost from other OI three-day trainings around the country), which covers training materials and meals. It will be facilitated by union organizers from a number of national unions, AFL-CIO staff and local union activists. Local unions are encouraged to sponsor their members and leaders who are involved in local organizing efforts. Financial assistance will be provided to qualified and motivated individuals who aren’t able to secure a union sponsorship.

To register, click here.

Participants of the West Michigan OI should expect an intense learning environment during the training. We’ll be teaching the basics of one-on-one communication between organizers and workers, and teaching organizers how to run organizing campaigns. Through lecture discussions and numerous role-plays, the trainers will offer feedback and allow participants to develop their skills.

The Organizing Institute’s (OI’s) mission is to develop and promote the craft of organizing. Founded in 1989the Organizing Institute highlights the importance of organizing within the labor movement.  They recruit and train new organizers; collaborate across the labor movement with community allies; and share successful approaches to support organizing and strategic campaigns. Nationally, more than 80% of participants attending an OI are rank-and-file union members and elected union leaders. Other participants include college students, community organizers and individuals looking for a career in union organizing. There are approximately 10-15 OI trainings per year.

Registration form.

More information about the Organizing Institute.

To donate in support of trainings at the Kent-Ionia Labor Center.

For more info, email Steve Veldheer at


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Kent-Ionia Labor Council

The Kent-Ionia Labor Council, AFL-CIO is a coalition of west Michigan labor unions in Kent and Ionia Counties, based in Grand Rapids.

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918 Benjamin NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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